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The League: The True Story of Average Americans on the Hunt for WWI Spies

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Two weeks before the U.S. entered World War I, a Chicago advertising executive visited the Department of Justice with a proposal - organize the country’s businessmen into a secret force of volunteer agents to ferret out and investigate enemy activities within the United States. The country, overcome by a wave of patriotic fervor, had also become gripped with fear and uncer ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Skyhorse
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Ksorb
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shadowy corners, betrayals, suspicions, arson, bombing, average citizens uncovering spy rings. The League is the uncovering of an amazing and rather shocking true story of a well-orchestrated and defined group of a huge number of everyday neighbors and co-workers who formed the all-volunteer American Protection League to watch, listen, and report up the ladder any seditious or suspicious words or activities that might indicate an undermining of the Allied powers during WW1. The extent to which o ...more
Stacey
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting story and sheds new light on why the US thought it was a good idea to inter Japanese Americans during the next world war. For it seems that pro-German/Austrians in the US during WW I were actually involved in widespread sabotage, and a citizen league was enlisted to keep an eye on them, and look out for other behavior that could be detrimental to our war effort.

I'm assigning this book only two stars because some of it was skimmable, and it would have been a much better b
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Vinayak Malik
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating on how effective this private agency with no regulatory authority permeated into every facet of the society and then voluntarily gave up its power
Deborah
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and enlightening. I had no idea such things went on and had never heard of many of the events that occurred during WWI.
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